Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Blue Dogs Stand Up!

This from AP:
Tester, Baucus tell AG to back off on gun control
WASHINGTON (AP) Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester have a message for the Obama administration: they will oppose any gun restrictions the new administration may be considering.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the two Democrats said the Justice Department should enforce existing laws rather than propose additional laws they said could infringe on Second Amendment rights.

The letter was prompted by Holder's comment that reinstating a ban on the sale of assault weapons could help reduce bloodshed in Mexico, where 6,000 people were killed last year in drug-related violence.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has said she plans to push legislation to reinstate a federal ban on some assault weapons that became law during the Clinton administration in 1994, but expired a decade later.

Barrett Kaiser, a spokesman for Baucus, says the letter was sent as a "pre-emptive strike" to warn the Obama administration that any effort to push new gun control will meet with resistance.


7 comments:

ericire12 said...

HELL YEAH!

Mark said...

I am not so sure that I would put a lot of stock in that. Baucus voted for the original '94 ban. Came close to costing his job, but we never did get him out.

Tester is fairly new. Not anti per se, he is not for it either. We will keep pushing him to keep him on the correct side.

I think that Holder did not do a smart thing, so everybody is saying "not yet", shhhh be quiet.. Or they were using him to test the waters and got wet.. :)

HTownTejas said...

"...In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the two Democrats said the Justice Department should enforce existing laws rather than propose additional laws they said could infringe on Second Amendment rights..."

Too bad those existing laws infringe our Constitutionally protected fundamental human rights.

Anonymous said...

I can expect Montana dems to do that...self-preservation being the motive. I want to see the same thing in the south and mid-west to get excited about it.

Hecate said...

Please forgive the OT here, but when will the sequel to "All Night Radio" be out?

Thanks.

bgary said...

I keep hearing a rumor that the "Blair Holt" bill (licensing and registration) is sneaking its way back into the legislative agenda, in a "shhh, be quiet" sorta way. Any truth to that?

Anonymous said...

"I keep hearing a rumor that the "Blair Holt" bill (licensing and registration) is sneaking its way back into the legislative agenda, in a "shhh, be quiet" sorta way. Any truth to that?"

Nope. The bill HR 45 will go nowhere in this Congress.